Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Hard Desicion

Well, Back to that old turtle. I just don't have the heart to kill a turtle that big and that old. We're trying to find a safe place for him to live, But the louiville Zoo Dosen't take Snapping Turtles. Right now I'm in the middle of looking, but if you think of a place near louiville Kentucky I can  take him, Please email my mom, Helmswondermom@aol.com, Teing us. Thank You.

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  1. Sorry sweet gal-I live in Ohio and know nothing about Kentucky.We have two timber wolves we are trying to place.Hubby is the only one that can take care of them now,and should he have to goto the hospital or be away from home then we are going to have a problem taking care of them.
    I wish you good luck.If it comes down to it at least you can take it back to where you got it.
    Many Hugs
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  2. riverdaughter19612 August 2008 at 11:15

    Can you let him go back in the lake where you caught him?
    I'm glad you decided not to kill him.  

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  3. so glad he is still living; have no clue where he could go; you hear of dog rescue places, but I've never heard of turtle rescue places; hoping you find a good home for him; let us know where he relocates!

    betty

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  4. We'll come up with something, sweetie.  
    Mom

    To answer some questions, they could take it back to the pond where they caught it, but then it would probably just get caught again.  I had a feeling.  I really did.  I saw the way she and Thomas would look at that old turtle, and I thought, "I don't think we're eating this one!"  I actually hated the thought of killing it myself.  I looks like it has been hit by a car at some time in its life because there is a split place on the shell.

    Lori

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  5. Oh my goodness!!  I made a mistake and you caught it!!!  I meant to say "it (not I) looks like it has been hit by a car).  You got one on Mom!!

    Mom :)

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  6. That's a HUGE turtle! You're lucky he didn't get a hold of you--I've heard of people losing fingers to snapping turtles. Yikes!

    I think it's cool that you want to find a place for him to live--I wonder how old he is? Maybe you could call animal control and find out if there are places in your area that take animals like that. Some people do "rehab" for injured animals, and maybe they'd be willing to take on a big, old snapping turtle. Good luck!

    Beth

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  7. not sure what turtle you are talikg about, I skimmed through your journal and didn't see anyhting about a turlte unless I missed it! BUT a while back (maybe early may late April) We found a huge snapper in our neighborhood, I have pictures of him if you want to see him ( found him 2 times so far 2 yrs ago and then this yr) he is HUGE! I would leave the turtle where you found him! I read if you take them to far from their natural home it takes them a 100 yrs to find their way back!
    e-mail me I would love to share my pictures with you!

    Sharon

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  8. So glad you have decided not to kill the turtle but where it can go I don't know. You Mom is right if you put it back it would probably be caught again and maybe not be treated as well as you are treating it. You may have to go that route though. Keep us informed, I think is has become the turtle mascot of j-land. Paula

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  9. just thought I would share this link I found... http://www.turtlehomes.org/usa/snappingturtles.shtml

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  10. one more...  http://journals.aol.com/helmswondermom/DustyPages/entries/2008/08/12/reprieve/2273

    I can't find the one (link) where I read if you take them to far from their home! Now that i read this pages I may be wrong, about the number of yrs it takes them to find their was home, but it does take a while though!

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  11. I can't wait to see the pictures!!

    God bless-
    Amanda

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  12. I understand you not wanting to kill the turtle... but... the turtle that was in my drive way... I demanded that my husband shoot it.  He had to shoot it 3 times in the head to kill it.  They are dangerous to not just humans but to animals. I take my dogs to the field to potty and I was scared I would run into it again! It was headed for my pond.  A little snapper was under my front steps and bit my German Shepherd on the nose. Her nose was bleeding. I killed it. We have little box turtles and they are cute. They are all over my yard in the summer. They do not snap. I like them. It would be nice if you could find some place to take it.  Good luck on your search. Hugs, Janie

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  13. Aww...you guys are softies.  I think that's great!  Hope you can find someplace for him(or her?).  Sorry that I can't help-I"m in Michigan.
    I'm really looking forward to seeing the photos.  That is quite a catch.
                                                                                                  :)  Leigh

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  14. I'm so glad you're going to let the old guy live out his life.  I was so hoping you would not want to eat him.  They are so hard to kill though and their parts continue to live on and on.  I hope a safe place comes through soon.  If nothing else put him back where you find him even at the risk he might be caught again.  It's better than the alternative.

    XO


    Nelishia
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  15. SAVE THE TURTLE :-) ~Mary

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  16. Hiya...just read your blog....and had a thought.  I live near Louisville, KY and thought maybe now that school is starting your science department might be interested in helping.  When my kids were in middle school (a couple years ago), they had a science department with loads and loads and loads of creatures living there in the school.  Everything from iguanas to fish and frogs and everything in between.  Email me if you want more info, I'd be glad to help where I can!  ;) N.

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  17. Oh Eler Beth....hope you have good luck finding a home for our "snapping turtle"....and happy to know he will not end up in the pot...so to speak....God Bless...hugs...Ora in Lexington

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  18. Hope you can find a spot for him x

    Jenny

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